Armenia made history as the first country from the Caucasus region to join the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens in 2006. This unexpected expansion of the participating nations proved to be a highly beneficial and enriching addition. André‘s debut entry, “Without Your Love,” earned an impressive 8th place. This year, Armenia will be making its 15th appearance in the ESC. The country has always harbored aspirations of winning the contest, having previously emerged victorious in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in both 2010 and 2021. It seems only a matter of time before Armenia secures its first win in the Eurovision Song Contest. As a testament to its success in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Armenia had the honor of hosting the JESC in its capital city of Yerevan last November.
Armenia has achieved impressive results in the Eurovision Song Contest, having secured a Top 10 position seven times and passing the qualification rounds 11 times out of its 14 appearances. Sirusho’s “Qele Qele” in 2008 and Aram MP3’s “Not Alone” in 2014 both earned Armenia its best result to date of 4th place. The country has consistently received strong points and has never placed last, making it one of the most successful newcomers in recent ESC history. The music from Armenia typically blends contemporary elements with folkloristic influences. While its trend has declined slightly since 2017, Rosa Linn‘s entry “Snap” was a surprise hit in the 2021 contest, qualifying for the Grand Final and becoming the most played ESC song on radio stations. This is a rare achievement and a testament to Armenia’s ongoing popularity in the contest. Congratulations to Armenia for its impressive track record and continued success in the ESC.
Armenia’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest has not been without controversy. In 2012, the country opted not to participate in the contest held in Baku, Azerbaijan due to political tensions between the two countries. This was a disappointment, as the ESC aims to promote music and cultural exchange without political influence. In 2020, Armenia was set to be represented by Athena Manoukian in Rotterdam, but the contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like all other countries, Armenia was forced to take a pause in its ESC participation.
4th place: Sirusho with “Qele, Qele” (Belgrade 2008)
4th place: Aram MP3 with “Not Alone” (Copenhagen 2014)
- Debut: 2006
- Participations: 14
- Victories: 0
- Finals: 11
- Chances to reach the final: 79%
- Top 10: 7
- Chances to reach the top 10: 50%
- Last place: 0
André with “Without Your Love”, Rank 8 (Athens 2006)
Eva Rivas with “Apricot Stone”, Rank 7 (Oslo 2010)
Iveta Mukuchyan with “LoveWave”, Rank 7 (Stockholm 2016)